Why Choose Pre-Dentistry?
The Pre-Dentistry program at Ferris emphasizes natural science courses including biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, human physiology, anatomy and physics. This program is designed to prepare you for qualifying exams (DAT) and for professional schools.
Get Accepted to Dental School
A letter of acceptance from a dental school doesn`t come easily. It requires effort, time and careful preparation. Professors and advisors with knowledge and expertise in this field are essential, and students get a helping hand into dental school from the professionals at Ferris.
In fact, professional training in the health fields has been a specialty at Ferris for more than 100 years. Graduates of the Pre Dentistry program at Ferris benefit from this rich history and take with them important hands-on skills as they pursue a position in dental school. Students must be aware that admission to dental schools is highly selective and the student must achieve a very high grade average and DAT score to be competitive. FSU graduates with this type of academic accomplishment experience a high rate of acceptance into dental schools.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics sub test scores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and a mathematics course or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.
The Pre-Dentistry program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall.
Entrance to most dental schools is highly competitive. Most schools do not accept applicants who have less than a 3.5 college GPA. Applicants also must take qualifying exams (DAT) and be interviewed by dental school personnel. Students may earn only one degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.
Department of Biology
Ferris State University
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